Electric cars have many advantages
- It is much cheaper to drive. My Tesla is only 2 cents per mile. Gas cars can be driven for between 10 cents to 25 cents per mile depending on how much gas they use and what the current gas price is. Friends of mine have purchased used Nissan Leaf cars, and they are easily paying off their car with fuel savings.
- There are far fewer things that could go wrong. There are no spark plugs or injectors that need to be changed, transmissions to service, timing belts, or head gaskets that need to leak. Electric car drivers worry about tires and windshield wipers.
- There’s no need to make frequent stops at gas stations. If I feel it’s the best place for a car wash, I will only make a stop at a station.
- Each morning, the car is fully charged and ready to go. My Tesla is set to travel 180 miles per day. This gives me plenty of range to drive my daily commute, and I return home with only 100 miles. There is plenty of range to make another trip in the evening if necessary. It would be possible to charge up to 265 miles but I don’t think it is worth it. I don’t travel that many miles each day.
- Instant, no hesitation, no excuses performance. Because of their instant torque, electric cars are able to start at a traffic light with a significant advantage. Tesla is a great example of this, but all electric cars can perform well from a stop.
- The efficiency of electric all-wheel drive can be improved. All-wheel drive cars that are powered by gasoline have lower efficiency.
- An electric car emits the same or better emissions per mile in all areas of the United States as a gasoline car. This is even after considering the power plant. The U.S. power grid uses less than 30% of its coal-powered electricity, and this is declining rapidly.
Electric cars have their disadvantages
- It is necessary to have somewhere you can charge them frequently. It could be at home or at work. It should be where the car is parked for at least 4-6 hours each day. While many people don’t require a 240V outlet to charge their car overnight, others will need the higher voltage. An apartment dweller may find it difficult to charge an electric car.
- High-performance electric cars can pass tires quicker than other vehicles. Tires were the most expensive part of driving my Tesla (more than maintenance or electricity). This is due to the fact that other costs are so low. People driving gasoline cars would love to have their fuel costs lower than their tire costs.
- Long journeys can take longer than one day. Teslas will need to stop for around 30 seconds every two hours to recharge. This is a much more relaxed way to drive but will require more time than the “quick, I go to the toilet while I fill up the tank” method that some people believe is the best.
- People spend more time looking at electric cars and taking photos than driving their own cars. This trend is changing as electric cars become more popular.